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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder (1959)

U Certificate


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Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are ideally matched in this crackling cross-dressing comedy, as the 1920s musicians who join an all-girl band to escape the Mob after witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Yet, amazingly, Billy Wilder had originally wanted Bob Hope and Danny Kaye, and even considered casting Frank Sinatra instead of Lemmon. Curtis didn't always get along with Marilyn Monroe and compared their embraces to kissing Hitler (ironically, the name she gave the bullying Wilder). Yet sparks fly when she falls for Curtis's bogus oil tycoon - who not only boasts the voice of Cary Grant but also the body language of Grace Kelly! Lemmon's fling with his own (even more eccentric) millionaire is equally hilarious. Clearly, the personality clashes both on- and off-screen were crucial to this becoming a true film classic, for, as Joe E Brown famously says in the last line, "Nobody's perfect!"


After witnessing a mob hit in Chicago, two male jazz musicians don drag and hide out with an all-girl band to evade the gangsters pursuing them. However, the pair struggle to disguise their attraction for the beautiful lead singer - while one of them catches the eye of a smitten millionaire. Billy Wilder's classic romantic comedy, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.

Cast & Crew

Sugar Kane Marilyn Monroe
Joe / Josephine Tony Curtis
Jerry / Daphne Jack Lemmon
Spats Columbo George Raft
Mulligan Pat O'Brien
Osgood E Fielding III Joe E Brown
Little Bonaparte Nehemiah Persoff
Sweet Sue Joan Shawlee
Sig Poliakoff Billy Gray
Toothpick Charlie George E Stone
Beinstock Dave Barry
Spats's henchman Mike Mazurki
Spats's henchman Harry Wilson
Dolores Beverly Wills
Nellie Barbara Drew
Johnny Paradise Edward G Robinson Jr
Director Billy Wilder
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Park Circus Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 18 Jul 2014


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